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Ding-type porcelain vase with rounded body and flaring mouth. There is a finely incised design of flower spray around the neck, a key fret panel at the shoulder, and a five-clawed dragon chasing a flaming pearl round the body.
- Height: 135 millimetres
Room 95 label text:
Vase with incised dragons
This porcelain vase is incised with flowers around the neck, and a five-clawed dragon chasing a flaming pearl round the body. Potters in the late Ming and Qing dynasties made copies of Ding wares at Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province, Zhangzhou in Fujian province and in other southern kilns. The vase is chalky white or ‘rice–coloured’ and potters covered it either with a white slip and a thin transparent glaze with a yellowish cast that crackled during the cooling process or with an opaque white glaze. Connoisseurs once called this type of ceramic 土定 (tu ding ‘earthen Ding ware’).
Underfired porcelain, incised and with transparent glaze
Zhangzhou ware 漳州窯
Zhangzhou, Fujian province 福建省, 漳州
Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1900
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Object reference number: RRC38798
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